WHAT IS PHYSICAL INACTIVITY? Physical activity is bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. Physical inactivity is responsible for 6 percent of deaths worldwide and is estimated to the be the main cause for approximately 21 to 25 percent of breast and colon cancers, 27 percent of diabetes and about 30 percent of ischemic heart disease. (SOURCE: www.who.inta)
- Weight control
- Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
- Strengthens bones and muscles
- Improves mental health and mood
- Reduces risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
RECOMMENDATIONS: It is suggested that children ages 5 to 17 should partake in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily through play, sports, games, physical education and even chores.
For adults, ages 18 to 65 years old, at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise through out the week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity through the week, or a combination of both. Examples of physical activity include walking, dancing, gardening, hiking and biking. For adults older than 65 years old, the amount of recommended physical activity is the same as the 18 to 65 year old age group. Physical activity improves balance in older adults and prevents falls.
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